The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa exists for the pursuit of knowledge through teaching, learning, and research conducted in an atmosphere of physical and intellectual freedom. Members of the UHM academic community are committed to engage in teaching, learning, research, and community service and to assist one another in the creation and maintenance of an environment that supports these activities.
Members of the academic community may not violate the rights of one another nor disrupt the basic activities of the institution. Students who are disruptive are subject to a variety of disciplinary actions that may include reprimand, probation, restitution, suspension or expulsion. Continued enrollment at UHM is contingent on appropriate academic conduct. Some graduate students are professionals or professionals-in-training in their respective fields, and as such, are subject to the ethical and conduct standards of their profession. Students may be dismissed by such fields for behavior which is determined to violate the codes of conduct set by that profession. These codes may be guided by the profession's accrediting or licensing bodies. Appeals of the dismissal will be heard by the dean of the school or college in which the student’s field of study is housed.
It must be recognized that members of the academic community have the same privileges and responsibilities with respect to the law as do members of the larger society. As a result, members of the UHM campus community must acknowledge that when the interests of the university are violated by a student, the student is accountable to the institution and may also be held responsible to civil authorities. These interests of the university are described in the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Student Conduct Code.